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Jerry P. Becker

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LA Times Editorial Writer Opts Out Her Daughter
Posted: Apr 10, 2014 11:41 AM
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From Diane Ravitch's blog [A site to discuss better education for
all], Tuesday, April 8, 2014. See
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/04/08/wow-wow-wow-los-angeles-times-education-editorial-writer-opts-out-her-daughter/
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WOW! WOW! WOW! Los Angeles Times Education Editorial Writer Opts Out
Her Daughter!

By Diane Ravitch

Karen Klein, who writes editorials for the Los Angeles Times about
education (and other topics), told her 16-year-old daughter she could
opt out. [SEE
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-common-core-test-optout-20140408,0,4198942.story#axzz2yL8dJ6Db
]

Like many other parents, Klein reached the breaking point where the
tests didn't make sense any more. After years of complying with the
testing regime, she realized that this test was pointless. She even
envied home-schoolers, who could take their children on field trips
and explore what interested them. Imagine that!

Most touching was her story about the teacher who offered poetry
teas. By the time her child was old enough to take the class, the
poetry teas had disappeared. Test prep.

And then there was this event: "After one of the earlier versions
gave a low score to my eldest on reading comprehension, my husband
and I shrugged and knew there had to be something wrong with the
test. That's the daughter who is now finishing off her dissertation
for a doctorate in literature.

The Los Angeles Times has been a reliable supporter of the new era of
corporate reform, with occasional deviations (I recall an editorial
scoffing at the parent trigger).

High-stakes testing is one of the Golden Calves of the Corporate
Reform movement.

Karen Klein's defection, rooted in her experience as a parent, not a
think tank ideologue, suggests that there is hope for the future,
that the patina of certitude attached to the standardized testing
regime may in time crumble as more parents realize how flawed, how
subjective, and how limited these tests really are.

She says, "Take that, world of Scantron."

We say, "Right on. Welcome to the fight against the status quo. If
it's right for your child to opt out, it's right for other people's
children.

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